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Kneeling hiker with sitting white dog, in the background the Altmühl Valley

Altmühltal-Panorama-Path, Treuchtlingen – Kehlheim

Bavaria at its most beautiful

9 Days / 8 Nights
Walking
Kneeling hiker with sitting white dog, in the background the Altmühl Valley

Some hiking holidaymakers believe the Altmühltal Panorama Trail in Bavaria is the most beautiful in the whole of Germany. Maybe they are right, because the multi-award-winning hiking trail combines nature with culture and culinary delights. A hiking trail for every taste and every preference. The nine-day hiking trail from Eurohike leads you from Treuchtlingen through the Bishop’s town of Eichstätt to Kelheim. Look forward to varied day tours and naturally also the unique Bavarian cuisine. One or two glasses of glasses of beer also shouldn’t be missed!

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Passionate hikers get their money's worth on the Altmühltal Panorama Trail, as do hiking novices and families. The seven-day hiking tour through the Altmühltal Natural Park has many highlights: for example the picturesque Eichstätt with the Williamsburg and dreamy alleyways. Or the stage between Kipfenberg and Beilngries, which impresses with endless views over the Anlauter valley. Not to mention the Bavarian cosiness that you can feel at first hand in the beer gardens and alpine pastures.

  • German Quality Hiking Trail: The Altmühltal Panorama Trail can count itself one of the best in Germany because of its high quality, consistent signposting and wonderful routing.
  • Varied nature: It almost feels as if you are hiking through several different regions at once, because in the Altmühltal rugged rocky landscapes alternate with river valleys, forests and moors.
  • Wonderful for children: The daily tours though the Altmühltal lead on good hiking trails and are technically easy to master. That's why a hiking holiday in Bavaria is also great fun for children!
  • Castles & palaces: Nature meets culture in the Altmühltal - the numerous castles and palaces add variety to your hiking days.

The journey through the Altmühltal to Treuchtlingen is a real experience. The impressive landscape already puts you in the right mood for the following days, which take you kilometre by kilometre a little further towards your destination. By the way: on this hiking tour, the journey is certainly the destination, as the daily tours each have their own unique character. The consistently easy hiking tours are between 14 and 35 kilometres long and take a maximum of six hours. Tip: The Altmühltal Panorama Trail is also perfect for your four-legged family member!

Itinerary at a glance

In addition to castles and palaces as cultural venues and the world-famous Bavarian cuisine, pure nature awaits you on the Altmühltal-Panorama trail! Grandiose views are offered not only by the rock formation of the "Twelve Apostles".

The idyllic little Altmühl-town Treuchtlingen is situated in the centre of the nature park ‚Altmühltal’, the second biggest Nature Park in Germany. We recommend you seize the first day and relax in the well-known Altmühl-Thermal Spa.

Hotel example: Stadthof

With views onto the river Altmühl meandering through the valley you continue via the ‚Devil’s Pulpit’ towards Medieval Pappenheim. You descend again to the river Altmühl via the viewpoint Hollerstein and continue leisurely along the course of the river to your Day Finish, where you are greeted by the impressive castle, seat of the former ‚Reichserbmarschälle’-marshals.

Hotel example: Sonne

Via a high-altitude path with great views you walk over to Solnhofen, the mining place of the well-known Solnhofer limestone slabs and site of over 140 million-year-old fossils. Soon after an amazing and very popular photo opportunity awaits: the nature monument ‚Twelve Apostles’, steep limestone rocks embedded in juniper heaths. The route leads you to Dollnstein into the primeval Danube valley.

Hotel example: Gasthof zum Kirchenschmied

You pass the Geo-monument ‚Burgsteinfelsen’ and continue through forests and juniper heaths and later on on a mountain path with great views all the way to Eichstätt. With Willibalds castle towering over this diocesan town, it is a complete Baroque work of art with prestigious buildings as well as dreamy little alleyways.

Hotel example: Hotel Garni Fuchs

With a lovely view onto the striking Osterberg mountain and the Roman fort Vetoniana, you walk to the Buchenhüller mammoth cave. You will walk across wonderful alpine paths above Altmühl and you will get fantastic views of the valley and the rock faces whilst walking along the panoramic path. You will walk through the Gugoldinger Wacholderheide, which is a fantastic nature protection area before you will go past the Arnsberger Leite and the Limes watch tower to Kipfenberg.

Hotel example: Zur Post

Today’s tour starts with stunning views and insights into the beautiful Anlauter valley. Reach Kinding with its impressive fortified church and cosy inns. Shortly afterwards the panorama path again keeps its promise: magnificent views into the Altmühl valley and onto bizarre rock formations. After that another scenic outpost awaits: the Main-Danube canal, Arzberg, Beilngries, Altmühl and Sulz. A steep descent to Beilngries follows.

Hotel example: Krone

Via the Arzberg mountain plateau into the ‚Seven Valley Town’ of Dietfurt, where water in the form of the Main-Danube canal, rivers and springs plays a major role. Enjoy the view onto Eggersberg palace, past rock formations and along the Altmühltal-boardwalk into the pretty village of Gundlfing. From the ‚Devil’s Rock’ -Teufelsfelsen into the 3-castle town of Riedenburg.

Hotel example: Zur Post

Gnarly trees and rock towers line your – in parts – steep path up to Prunn castle. Pass the blue glittering karst spring "Blautopf" and continue along the Main-Danube Canal. As a reward enjoy a grandiose view into the distance. Back again in the valley, you walk along the Jura rock to the ‚Celt’s Wall’, which leads you immediately back to the Danube – the view down to the mighty Danube crevasse is awe-inspiring. After that the impressive finale of your tour: the boat ride through the Danube crevasse to Kelheim.

Hotel example: Dormero

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Route information

Walking

The terrain is easy and you walk on well-maintained walking paths. For each daily tour a good basic fitness level is required. Technically the tours are easy and can be mastered without any difficulties. For longer parts shortcuts by foot or by public transport are possible.

Prices & Dates

Category: middle class hotels ans country hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Boat trip from Weltenburg to Kelheim

  • Carefully elaborated route descriptions
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train journey to Treuchtlingen and only a short walk to the start-hotel.
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces EUR 5 per day, no reservation possible. Parking spaces at Treuchtlingen train station free of charge.
  • Return journey by train to Treuchtlingen, from Kelheim (by bus to Kelheim-Saal) approx. 2.5 hours (1x change trains).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Travel by public transport to shorten the daily hikes, optional
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accomodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 Boat trip from Weltenburg to Kelheim

  • Carefully elaborated route descriptions
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train journey to Treuchtlingen and only a short walk to the start-hotel.
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces EUR 7 per day, no reservation possible. Parking spaces at Treuchtlingen train station free of charge.
  • Return journey by train to Treuchtlingen, from Kelheim (by bus to Kelheim-Saal) approx. 2.5 hours (1x change trains).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Travel by public transport to shorten the daily hikes, optional
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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